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Woods, Weeds and Wildflowers: Nature Poetry

This week, Ian McMillan and guests Alice Oswald and Fiona Sampson discuss eco-poetry and the poetry of nature, asking what it can do for us in difficult times.

Since her first collection, The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile, won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 1996, Alice Oswald has been a major voice in UK poetry, with collections that frequently examine the natural world. In 2002 she won the T.S. Eliot Prize for 'Dart', a book-length poem telling the story of Devon's River Dart. Her latest collection, 'Nobody', is inspired by The Odyssey.

Fiona Sampson has just published a new of poetry 'Come Down', which is situated in two contrasting landscapes in Hertfordshire and Australia. Her previous work, 'Limestone Country (Little Toller), is also rooted in place, telling personal stories about four particular limestone landscapes: a farming hamlet in Perigord, France, the Karst region of Slovenia, Coleshill, a rural parish in Oxfordshire, and Jerusalem.

Presenter: Ian McMillan
Producer: Cecile Wright

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44 minutes

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Friday 22:00

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